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Dancing on Broken Glass

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,251 ratings  ·  1,459 reviews
A powerfully written debut novel offering an intimate look at one couple's unconventional marriage that survives against all odds.

Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn’t have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They’re both plagued with faulty genes—he has bipolar disorder, and she has a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But when their paths cross
Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Gallery Books
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Okay, so I finished this novel with tears streaming down my face along with a box of Kleenex by my side. This has got to be the saddest, most emotional book that I have EVER read! All I can say is WOW! How did the author pull this off without crying herself...or maybe she did? I really just don’t know where she got the heart and sensitivity to write a book like this. I guess that’s why she’s the author and I’m the reader. So, with that being said, Ms. Hanco
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-borrowed
I read this book before my Goodreads initiation, but it is a book that I absolutely loved and selfishly do not appear to recommend very often.Why? I think it's because I don't want it lumped together with all the other contemporary fiction or chick lit books on the market. Because I think it's special. Because it hit at the heart strings and begged me to wonder "If it was me, what would I do?" Off the top of my head I have only had that experience with a handful of books. I'm not going to name t ...more
Connie Cox
Lived up to my expectation. Review to come. (note, I listened to the audio. Very well done with 2 narrators)

This book was a recommendation to me back in 2012. Oh why did I wait so long? This is a love story. For me though I felt it was a life story. The love story is centered on Lucy and Mickey, who despite the hurdles they face take the leap to love each other, deciding that their love is stronger than anything that may come their way. In the end tragedy has its day, but it is the love that is
Trish Feehan
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Dancing on Broken Glass is life-affirming and unapologetically sentimental. It’s also a raw and realistic portrayal of people coping with life’s truly tough challenges. It’s about mental illness, up close and personal. And cancer, up close and personal. It’s about the genetic luck of the draw. It’s a story about community, about a tight fabric of people who’ve known each other their whole lives and who support and care f
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
4.5 Stars
And there goes my heart. Melting into one big pile of goo.
This book broke me with its honesty, grief and unfairness. The writing was simply gorgeous. I had to walk away from it several times, but I always came back because I couldn't give up on these characters.

"I really think everyone should be important enough to just one other person on this freaking planet to be fought for. Even me. And nobody's fighting for me. So I'm done."
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the concept of this book as it is rare to read a love story that involves someone with bipolar disorder. Lucy is able to see past the illness and fall in love with the man, even when the realities of the illness rear their undeniable heads. I can tell, however, that this book is a "first" book. I feel that this author is talented and hope to read her future works. That being said, this book needed about 100 pages trimmed. She showed us how people we love can help us to heal from crushi ...more
Rhonda Ruff
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have not read a book in awhile that made me sob like this one! i was so invested in the characters and their stories! Everything about this story was heartbreakingly beautiful! I found myself putting this down to breath and then picking it up to see what happened next! I have had this book on my tbr for awhile and just decided to pick it up. So glad i did !
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have written the first sentence multiple times and I'm still struggling how to begin. I want to be careful so I don't give spoilers without warning so I might be vague. There are so many facets of this book that I loved. I'll start with the first thing that comes to my mind.

Mickey and Lucy are complex and wonderful people. We meet Lucy first as a child as she sees Death for the first time. Death is not a verb but a noun. Death is female and not frightening. She is comforting and peaceful. At t
Megs ♥
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I won this through Firstreads giveaways, and I would like to thank the author for providing this book for me to read.

This book seriously impressed me. It had something for everyone. I was hooked from the first chapter to be honest, and I did not want to put it down. This book has beautiful writing, great characters, and an amazing story.

The synopsis says that these two should not have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. That has been said about so many famous literary couples, but this is
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2013
Dancing on Broken Glass is Ka Hancock's debut. That is hard to believe, because its one of the most true to life books I've read. I almost put it down half way through, because it was hard for me to read about Lucy's cancer. It is a love story, one that is imperfect, but yet so true. It's also about the love of 3 sisters. I've never cried like I did as I finished this, but it was so worth it! I will not soon forget this book. When Ka Hancock writes her next, I will be the first to buy it! If you ...more
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)
One of the signs of a great book is how it affects you emotionally. When I say that, I don't mean that it makes you cry necessarily but rather how invested you are in the characters and their journeys. With DANCING ON BROKEN GLASS, I felt everything. I rejoiced with Lucy and Mickey in their happiness and cried with them when they went through some of the most terrifying moments of their lives. I was totally with Lucy and Mickey the whole way, which also made me ride the tumultuous waves of emoti ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Based on the brief glimpse at the synopsis, this was a must read. Having lived with a spouse with a serious mental illness encouraged me to jump right on board. I'm SO glad I did. I had no idea it would touch the NICU nurse in me, the petrified mother in me, the small town girl, the at-odds with her family girl, the everyone in me. Yes, it was difficult to read at times and completely flayed my heart in two. So has life - on a semi-regular basis.

This is a book about pure love through generation
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This book took me by surprise. It started out as a solid 3 stars. I liked the characters, but the story wasn't really pulling me in. I was noticing the writing though. This author has the kind of descriptive style I enjoy regarding the characters, setting, and emotional planes. The details were rich and they painted a picture with a nice depth. I always enjoy that. Then the story began to reel me in, even though the plot was predictable and a little on the sappy side. However, by this time I was ...more
Susan Peterson
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This shattered my heart, but then somehow made it whole again. This book was written in some of the most beautiful, lyrical writing I’ve ever read. There were simple lines that conveyed deep emotion. And simple actions that were utterly profound. This is an incredibly moving love story about two characters whose lives have been shattered by faulty genes, but their capacity to love each other transcends all of the problems that they have. This book was written 6 years ago, and is, so fa ...more
Alison Armstrong
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although I don't usually like to read books that are described as "tearjerkers," I was drawn to this one because of the subject matter--a couple dealing with mental illness and cancer--and this book did not disappoint. It was very sad, but not depressing; I found it very moving and even inspiring in a way.

I was married to a good man with severe mental illness for twelve years, and I have to say that so much of this book rang true. Lucy, the book's heroine, resigns herself to the day-to-day uncer
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement, that is how much it touched me. I finished this one before work and couldn't stop thinking about it the whole time I was there and telling everyone that they needed to read it too. I won't go into a synopsis of the story line since plenty others already have, just my opinion on the novel itself.

This was one of the most heart wrenching yet beautiful stories that I have ever read, I read in another review that it was sad but not depressing
Crysti Perry
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reread #1 (because it will be read multiple times) - August 5, 2016- August 10, 2016
Original read - June 7, 2015 - June 10, 2015

For some reason, my original read and my reread are of two different editions, so they are separate. I'm linking my reviews of both so I don't have to search for them when I want to see my status updates. Yes, I reread my reviews/status updates when I'm missing Mickey and Lucy! It reminds me just how much I loved them. See my reread here.
Andrea Bolton
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book! Heartbreaking love story that will stay with me for a long time. The writing, the characters were just so engaging I read it in two days. And cried a lot.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't write a lot of reviews, and I've totally spaced keeping my shelf here updated. But this book blew me out of the water, so I have to mention it. Lyrical, gorgeous writing, with characters that are flawed, deep, and absolutely real. I felt like I knew them so well that I'd recognize them and want to give them a hug if we ever crossed paths. It's the kind of women's fiction I aspire to write myself and it inspired me to keep digging and keep growing as a writer.

A suggestion, though: Don't
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a book. Definitely an all time favorite. I must sleep, then I'll try to compose myself and gush my love in a review. This one is special. I loved it SO MUCH. ...more
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an emotionally raw yet beautiful debut! Thank you Megan Reading Books Like a Boss for the recommend. I don’t think I cried like that in a long time.
Lucy’s faith in Mickey never wavered...despite his falls, he always climbed back up and she knew in her heart what he was capable of.
I was nervous because I wasn’t as secure in that faith but Mickey proved me wrong.
I loved the sisters and their relationship...I loved the writing in this book.
I can’t wait to read more from this author. T
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dancing on Broken Glass
Ka Hancock
On occasion a novel comes along that shows strong depth of love, a boundless love that in this throwaway society, stands firm. The kind of relationship we all long for in our souls, but would be willing to count the cost for it?
Lucy and Mickey attempt to beat the odds in their lives to pledge their undying love to one another. Lucy, whose family lineage is gone from breast cancer and has overcome herself. Mickey who is bi-polar and has a personality that can go
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Crysti Perry
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I honestly can't begin to explain to you what this book has done to my heart ......twice! My reread was filled with just as many emotions as was my initial read. I still believe a more beautiful story has never and will never be told. For every tear I've cried, I've also felt my heart fill with so much love. This couple, this family, this community was everything. I've said this is one of my top 5 all-time favorite books, but it just might be THE one.....every lover of words should have that one ...more
Alisa Carr
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book completely sucked me in. It touched my soul. It made me cry and laugh and take inventory in my own life.
I also have the privilege of knowing the author and she is wonderful and talented and I'm so happy to be able to see and enjoy her success.
Taylor Giannullo
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking. Loved every single character.
Lucy and Mickey meet at Mickey's club at Lucy's 21st birthday party. It's an instant attraction. Mickey tries very hard not to get sucked into relationship due to the fact that he is "broken." Mickey is bipolar and feels that it's not fair to bring someone into his life permanently. Lucy is not deterred. Lucy and Mickey end up married but have a list of rules that must be followed. So how along the way one of the rules gets broken big time. Lucy and Mickey are unsure what to do about it. Mickey ...more
Linda Lpp
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book evokes such a roller coaster of emotions . Amongst the characters and for the reader. Few books have driven me to actually slow down in my reading to aĺlow time to digest what is taking place. To grasp the incredible impact of events on almost all of the characters in this book.

But the strengths described leave you with a sense of hope. Great book.
talon smith
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart. My tiny, baby grinch heart. WOW. Let me just say, my eye leaked. (Not both of them) But my right one leaked a weird substance for about 3 seconds. It was really strange and it made me question why I like to punish myself with such emotional and turmoil filled books.

Oh yeah. Because I’m a glutton. How could I forget?

The way the entire story unfolds, with alternating POV’s between Lucy and Mickey’s journal entries was so fascinating to me. I was in love with it. Mickey’s POV’s weren’t
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Ka was born and raised in Utah in the shadow of the most spectacular mountains on earth. A lifelong learner with two degrees in nursing, her expertise is in the field of mental health. Somewhere between raising her family, going to school, working and getting the laundry done, she managed to write a novel that takes an unvarnished look at imperfect love, loss, and bipolar disorder. Her underlying ...more

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